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Getting to and from venues

It’s easy to get where you need to go during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Take advantage of free travel, active travel options and public transport that covers the city with regular services, 24 hours a day.

Parking restrictions will apply around Competition venues for safety and security reasons. Restrictions will also be in place along GC2018 Road Event courses (Marathon, Triathlon, Cycling Road Race, Cycling Time Trial, Race Walk and Queen’s Baton Relay).

With the uplift in public transport services, your best option to access your events may be to drive to your nearest high frequency service and park nearby. If you have a friend dropping you off, make sure you take a look at the drop-off and pick-up zones.

We also provide detailed accessibility transport options, including diagrams to help you map out your journey. 

GC2018 Journey Planner

GC2018 Journey Planner

The GC2018 Journey Planner and Interactive Map are no longer available following the conclusion of the Games.

To plan your journey on public transport, use the TransLink Journey Planner.

Our interactive map planning tool was available to see how your travel in your area each day of GC2018 may be affected.

The GC2018 Journey Planner made organising your travel a breeze. Journey options include public transport (including shuttle bus locations and schedules for events), cycling, walking, and the ability to locate dedicated park ‘n’ ride locations and book a park.

The GC2018 Journey Planner supported and enabled you to:

  • plan your trip and get to your event comfortably and on time
  • find out about accessible services to the Games
  • know the best time to leave to get to your event on time
  • understand all suitable travel options.

Free travel

Leave the car at home and take advantage of the free public transport travel included with your ticket. Park ‘n’ rides will be available to ticketed spectators to access GC2018 venues and transport services including Games shuttle buses.

During the Games, extra local buses, train and tram (G:link) services will run, making it easier for you to travel to events and explore the local surrounds. Most services will run every 15 minutes or better in peak periods, meaning you can just turn up and go.

To travel for free on public transport, simply show your Games ticket or GOLDOC workforce accreditation when boarding.

  • Free travel can only be accessed on the day of your event – up until 3am the next day.
  • It does not include travel on any privately owned and operated bus charters that set their own fares, service levels and timetables. 
  • For travel on the Airtrain, free public transport is only valid to/from Eagle Junction station and the Gold Coast.  The journey between the Airport and Eagle Junction will be charged at a flat rate of $18.50.  If you are travelling from the Gold Coast, the cost for this journey will be charged at the Airport station. We strongly recommend booking your Airtrain travel ahead of your journey.

Free public transport for ticketed spectators will be available on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on TransLink’s South East Queensland public transport network.

In Cairns and Townsville free travel will be available on TransLink and qconnect bus services.

Northern NSW transport

Travel on Surfside Busline services operating in the NSW Tweed Shire region is covered by your ticket to the Games – just show your event ticket when boarding the bus.

If you’re a volunteer or working at the Games, your travel is also covered, just show your GOLDOC workforce accreditation pass.

To help you get home after the events, shuttle buses will leave Tweed Heads every 15 minutes from 7pm until 1am making limited stops along the way to Chinderah.

Visit for details and view a summary of Surfside bus routes by clicking below.

Summary of Surfside bus routes



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Kingscliff – Chinderah – Tweed City -Tweed Heads – Coolangatta – West Tweed

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Tweed Heads – Tweed Hospital – Tweed City – Banora Point

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Tweed Heads – Tweed City – Chinderah – Cudgen – Kingscliff – Salt – Casuarina – Bogangar-Cabarita – Hastings Point – Pottsville

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Tweed Heads – Tweed Hospital – Tweed City – Dry Dock Rd – Vintage Lakes – Hillcrest

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Tweed Heads -Tweed City – Terranora – Tumbulgum – Condong – Murwillumbah

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Tweed City – Banora Point – Oyster Cove – Oxley Cove – Heritage Caravan Park

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Tweed Heads – Tweed City – Banora Gardens – Flame Tree Park

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Tweed City – Tweed Heads – Coolangatta – West Tweed – Bilambil Heights

Accessible travel

Most public transport services are accessible, with dedicated spaces available for wheelchairs and mobility devices on most busestrains and light rail (G:Link). Visit our Accessible travel page for more details.

Accessible services and facilities are provided at all GC2018 competition venues. Find out more about accessibility transport options to venues.

Each of the GC2018 Transport Hubs and Park ‘n’ Rides will have staff available to assist passengers with accessibility requirements. If you require assistance during your journey, please alert a staff member.

Companion Card holders receive a second ‘companion' ticket at no charge at participating venues and on public transport.

If you have purchased accessible seats for an event, a spectator event guide and venue map providing information and locations of accessible facilities will help you plan for event day. Visit for detailed information about the venues.

Park 'n' rides

Park ‘n’ rides are free for ticketed spectators.

Once you're parked, you can easily access the GC2018 venues with the free Games shuttle buses, just show your GC2018 ticket.

Games shuttles

To support the existing public transport network, free Games shuttle buses will be available to ticketed spectators and GOLDOC accredited workforce, connecting Park ‘n’ rides and Transport Hubs directly to and from competition venues. Shuttles will run for up to two hours before competition and up to 60 minutes after. You do not need to book a Games shuttle to the venue, just show your GC2018 ticket or accreditation upon boarding.

The shuttle service will run from each venue specific park ‘n’ ride site with the exception of the two park ‘n’ rides which are serviced by trains (Beenleigh High School and Varsity Lakes). Not every park ‘n’ ride site is connected to each venue.

The Route GC2018 shuttle is now available for workforce only, and will travel between Helensvale and Nerang stations, connecting with key transport interchanges and competition venues along the route including Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. This service will operate 24 hours a day during the competition period.

Bus route




Available to

Games Shuttles

(Gold Coast, Brisbane & Townsville)

4 – 15 April

Operates on a 5 minute frequency from 2 hours before event start, and up to 60 minutes after event concludes.

During the session, shuttles will continue to operate at a 30 minute frequency as required.

Operates between park ‘n’ rides and Transport Hubs directly to and from GC2018 venues.

Ticketed spectators and GOLDOC accredited workforce only.

Visit our Park 'n' ride page for a list of all the locations and more detailed information. Note that each park ‘n’ ride booking is per car - you do not need to book park ‘n’ ride tickets for all passengers.

Even with the uplift in services, the Gold Coast train line is expected to be busy every day of the Games period. To support ticketed spectators travelling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on public transport, supplementary bus shuttle services will be available at times of high demand at stations along the Gold Coast line. Station staff will direct travellers to the available shuttles as required.

The following diagram outlines the shuttle bus connections between Games venues, and park 'n' ride locations and transport hubs. Download a printable copy of the GC2018 Shuttle Bus diagram (PDF 72KB) and check out the venue guides which include the exact distance from the pick-up locations to the venue.

GC2018 Shuttle Bus Strategy - diagram showing connections to Games venues

Late night services

When you are planning your journey to the Games, consider how you will get home from the event and make sure that transport is available back to where you want to travel to.

From 5 - 15 April, to support ticketed spectators travelling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on public transport, supplementary bus shuttle services will be available at times of high demand at stations along the Gold Coast line. Station staff will direct travellers to the available shuttles as required.

If you are planning on travelling later than midnight, remember to check your last connection before you travel as not all services run past midnight.

For ticketed spectators travelling back to Brisbane and surrounding suburbs late at night, there will be bus services available from key inner city train stations to a wide range of suburban locations. Not every shuttle is accessible, but accessible shuttles will service locations at a high frequency.


Travelling to Northern and Western Suburbs in Brisbane

Shuttles will leave from Roma Street stopping all stops to the following destinations between 11pm and 2.45am:

  • Indooroopilly/Kenmore – via Moggill Road
  • The Gap – via Waterworks Road
  • Brookside – via Samford Road
  • Chermside – via Gympie Road
Travelling to Southern and Eastern Suburbs in Brisbane

Shuttles will leave from Boggo Road stopping all stops to the following destinations between 11pm and 2.45am:

  • New Farm/West End Loop – Highgate Hill, West End, Teneriffe, New Farm, Kangaroo Point
  • Manly West – via Wynnum/Manly Roads
  • Carindale – via Old Cleveland Road
  • Eight Mile Plains – via the South East Busway
  • Sunnybank Hills – via Mains Road
  • Forest Lake – via Ipswich Road

Late night shuttles will stop anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so.

If you miss your last connection, taxi and rideshare options may be available to take you to your final destination.

Drop-off and pickup zones

If you are not able to take public transport, walk or cycle, you may consider a personalised transport option. Designated areas will be available to those choosing to be dropped off by private vehicle, Taxi, Limousine, rideshare transport services or private coaches.

Visit our Drop-off and pickup page for more details.

For maps on these locations, please view the venue guides or visit

Closing Ceremony

Carrara Stadium will host the Closing Ceremony from 7.30pm - 10.30pm on Sunday 15 April for the finale of the Games.

In the lead up to and during the Closing Ceremony, roads between Southport and Cararra will be very busy – Smith Street, the M1 and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in particular – so try to avoid these areas after 2pm if possible.

To support spectator travel to the Closing Ceremony, two park ‘n’ ride sites have been activated at Millaroo Drive North and Yatala, as there is no parking at or near Carrara Stadium.

Find out more about the Closing Ceremony and Celebrations.

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